Entrant Profile

Gabriel Birch

Location: Tucson, Arizona United States

Company: University of Arizona

Profession: Student

Number of times previously entering contest: never

Favorite design and analysis tools: Matlab for image processing, Zemax non-sequential ray tracing for real image simulations. Together you can close the loop and design fully simulated optical designs and image processing algorithms.

Hobbies and activities: Exploring new foods, piano and cello

Inspired by: Optical engineering exists in an interesting place within the realm of science and engineering. A multidisciplinary approach is absolutely necessary when approaching most optical problems. Mechanical design, physics, ancient geometrical designs, quantum mechanics, material science, and chemistry all combine into challenging, fantastic problems to be solved. I find inspiration in unique solutions outside my own discipline. Listening and discussing current research often leads to many new ideas.